Friday, June 11, 2010

The Wheels of Change are Turning

There have been some major decisions and major changes taking place in our household over the past month or so. I have alluded to some of this in some of my posts and tweets. I hate being cryptic in my posts, but there are times when we just have to get stuff off our chests and we can't reveal the details. This was one of those times.

A new opportunity has come to us and, although the decision was far from easy, we have decided to take it.

Today the Fabulous Dude left to go to his very last day of work at the job where he has worked since 7 months before we were wed. On Monday he will begin a new adventure. For those of you who don't know, the FD currently works for the maintenance department for an organization that supports adults with developmental disabilities. The job has been a wonderful opportunity for him, and he has met some great people, but he felt as though there was not enough room to learn and grow.

A few months ago, he was talking about employment with a local contractor who he knows and asked if he ever has extra work that he may be able to do on the side. They briefly chatted about this and went on their way. And then, about a month ago, the same man came to E and asked him if he was interested in looking for a new full time employment opportunity as a sub-contractor for him.

When the Dude came home and told me this, my automatic reaction was "$*%# no!"

I like security. I like comfort. I like familiarity. I like to do things the way we have always done them.

But, I am not the one who got up every morning and went to a job that I was not entirely satisfied with.

For the first little while, the Dude and I could not even discuss the issue as two grown adults because I would find myself curling up into my little shell and crying like a child (see yesterday's post re: out of control hormones and emotions). Eventually, after a great deal of prayer, talking with some of our mentors, and each other - I began to feel a sense of peace about the entire situation.

After weighing the pros and cons of both options, we decided that it was an opportunity that the E should take. The change clearly involves some major benefits and some major risks, which I won't get into here. It is also coming at a time that is crazy and stressful for both of us - a time full of big changes. I completed grad school this week. Our baby is due in 3 months. It's not just us we have to worry about anymore. Big things are happening.

So, while this may be the best decision we have ever made together, it may not be. But, we will find out. I don't believe that God calls us to a life of complacency simply because it is what we are used to. We are confident that the Lord has steered us in this direction and that His hand will continue to guide us. I rest secure in the confidence that He holds us in the palm of His hand.

And yes, this confidence is much easier spoken than lived - despite the fact that I have been feeling a sense of peace about this decision - I cannot say that I have not caught myself worrying and stewing over it a number of times. It is a journey.

My friends, I covet your prayers as we embark on this adventure together as a family - as we adjust to new schedules, new routines, new responsibilities, new challenges, and new rewards.

18 comments:

d.a.r. said...

Very exciting!! Good luck on the challenges and adventures ahead :)

Gina said...

That is exciting! I know your husband's previous job can result in a lot of burnout, so it's probably time for him to have a change. Good luck!

Brooke said...

you've got 'em. i know exactly (okay exactly w/o the pregnancy part) what you're feeling. when jay made the switch from construction to real estate i knew it would either be great for our family...or else we'd have to struggle to live on what i make.

God provided for us, still is. He'll do the same for you - win, lose, or draw.

*hugs*

Katie said...

i'm so excited for you two! but i know what you mean, it can be VERY scary to venture into something new, ESPECIALLY with a little one on the way. i will be praying for you and the dude for a peace throughout the whole transistion and i know this will be something great for you to experience together!!!

Becky said...

I'm not going to lie....I made sure I came on today to find out what the heck you were talking about!!!! :)

I will be praying for both of you as you embark on this journey...love you girl -err...Master girl!!

Jessica said...

I'll be praying for y'all. I understand all too well the anxiety that comes with these decisions. Adam HATES his job and would do anything to get out of it. It's very scary though to go out on that limb to the unknown with all of the uncertainties with the economy and losing all the benefits (health, retirement, etc) that come with his job. I try to be supportive of whatever decision he makes wether it be to tough it out for a bit longer or change but inside it scares the *%$# out of me! I like the comfort of the KNOWN as well.

bcsmithereens said...

Lucy, I wish you God's peace and blessing for allowing your man to be brave enough to try something different. Stand by him, and when you look back on this decision, be strong together!

Jorden and Kristin said...

How exciting and how wonderful that he can enjoy his job now!!

I just noticed your under 100 days!! yayyy!!

Kayla said...

I'll be praying for you! How exciting and terrifying at the same time. I am such a worrier like you, I like things to be constant and I don't like big changes... Things will work themselves out and I cannot wait to hear how things go for you guys! :-) Best wishes!

Jaclyn_Rose said...

Good luck with the changes! Sometimes they can be so scary, but really sometimes they make life so much more interesting!

But I know what you mean about having many BIG changes all happening at once.

Hopefully your man will love it though! Having a baby in the house makes things go by SOOO fast, so pretty soon it will be old news and you guys will be back into a routine, even if it's a bit different than it is now :)

Jackie said...

The unknown is hard isn't it? We are so much alike....I want to have every little detail planned and accounted for. But sometimes God doesn't reveal everything at once, for our sakes. :)

Praying for smooth transition for you both.

Taryn said...

Sweet chica! I am glad that E has an opportunity to try something else that he might love. When Chris is happy at work- he sees like a happier person. It is amazing. I hope the same happens for E- even if he already was a happy person . . .

(I dislike change myself though- so I totally get you- I probably would have cried even though I am not pregnant!)

Emily said...

So true about confidence being easier spoken that lived.
Good luck on this next chapter of your journey together. You guys are going to rock it!! Love ya!

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

I will definatly be praying for you guys as you go through this transition. What a crazy, exciting but probably overwhelming time. I'm happy though that your hubby has found a job that he can be fulfilled in. Keep resting on God's promises that if he cares for the sparrows - remember that he cares for us and loves us that much more.

Tricia said...

Change is indeed hard, but I'm so excited for you guys as you embark on this new journey! one day at a time. I've been out of the loop for a few days. I'm playing catch up today, and I hope that you are having a fabulous weekend.

XO*T

This Texas Momma said...

Oh wow! I was wondering what was going with ya'll! What a big new chapter in ya'll's life. I hope that it brings big blessings! (and I hope you're having a fantastic weekend!)

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

Thanks for sharing your journey, friend. FP and I were just talking about what FD did/does for a job :) You can count on our prayers.

Lucky in Love said...

Wishing you both so much luck :) How was his first day???